Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
Updated 01/17/01

Artist's Statement

In olden times, political power would sometimes pass to the progeny of the reigning leaders, purely by virtue of their incidental familial connections. Sometimes, hilariously, this would result in a drunkard or a halfwit being appointed ruler of an entire nation-state. The idea of this ancient practice being applied in modern-day America serves as the absurd premise for this cartoon. Today, fortunately, we live in an enlightened meritocracy, in which leaders are chosen only from among the best and brightest according to their aptitude, competence, and experience, regardless of their family, class, or background. God bless America and good night.

The President here is, once again, my friend Michael Kirby. Please note that the materials he is poring over are Iron Man comic books.